Adult Education

Looking to grow in your faith, knowledge of Judaism, and/or learn Hebrew?
Bet Shalom offers a wide range and variety of education opportunities!

Holcaust Torah Rededication Weekend: February 6-9

Join Bet Shalom for a historic weekend! Soferet Alexandra Casser, who has been restoring our Holocaust Torah, will be bring the Torah back to Bet Shalom. The Torah will be rededicated on Friday night at services. 

Soferet Alexandra Casser will tell us about scribal art, the process to repair a Torah, and answer any questions you may have.

Thursday, February 6:
7:00 – 8:30 PM: Soferet Casser will lead a workshop for our Torah Care Team. All are welcome to join this team. If you are interested, please email Marilyn Ruby.
Friday, February 7:
6:00 PM: The rededication of the Torah will take place during our Kabbalat Shabbat service. Soferet Casser will give a brief talk during the service about the work she did on the scroll. There will also be a Youth Family Program [click here to sign up] including the service, dinner and a project with Soferet Casser. Kabbalat Panim (nosh and socializing) for the entire congregation will be at 5:30 PM.
Saturday, February 8:
10:00 AM: Our Shabbat morning service will include an in depth look at the Torah as Soferet Casser takes us through the entire scroll and shows us up close what she learned about it during her restoration work. A kiddush brunch will follow the service.
7:30 PM: Join us for Havdallah (the brief service that ends Shabbat) and a dessert reception with Soferet Casser. During the reception, Soferet Casser will add the final touches to some letters she has left unfinished to demonstrate her scribal art.
Sunday, February 9:
9:00 AM: During Sunday morning Religious School, all of our students will have an opportunity to learn with Soferet Casser.

Judaism 101 | Sundays at 10:00 AM

Judaism 101 is an introduction to the basics of Judaism and its history, customs, traditions, and philosophy. This course provides a broad overview and is for those interested in, or new to, Judaism, or anyone seeking to renew or enhance their Jewish knowledge.  For some, it is a partial fulfillment of the requirements of our conversion program and adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. This course provides an opportunity to explore many of the questions we have about Judaism, the Jewish people, and the Jewish way of life

Class meets 10:00-11:30 am, one Sunday each month from September-April; May-August classes meet on one Tuesday evening each month from 5:30-7:00 pm. 

Registration is ongoing throughout the year. To enroll CLICK HERE.

Judaism 101 Syllabus 2019-2020

December – no class

January 26 – Prayer
February 23 – Holidays
March 22 – Jewish Life Cycle
April 26 – Holocaust
May 19 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Gender in Judaism
June 16 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Israel
July 14 – 5:30-7 p.m. – American Judaism
August 25 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Ask the Rabbi, Ask the Cantor

Shabbat Morning Torah Study | Saturdays, 9 am, beginning Oct. 5, 2019

Explore the teachings of the S’fat Emet (the pseudonym of the Hasidic Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, 1847-1905) on the weekly Torah portion, in which he wrestles with timeless issues in the text.

Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings and Cantor Schwartz will be joined by Rabbi David Thomas in facilitating this weekly session. Rabbi Thomas is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has been a board member for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He is deeply involved in social action initiatives. He recently moved to Minneapolis to be near family upon retirement from being Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury Valley, Mass. Bagels and coffee will be served.

The first Saturday of each month will be led by Rabbi David Thomas.

Hebrew Classes | Sunday Mornings - Registration Required

Adult Hebrew is taught by Dr. Nick Schaser, a visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Macalester College. Dr. Schaser has taught Adult Hebrew at Bet Shalom for several years and occasionally has offered courses on individual Biblical Books. He earned his Ph.D in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Intermediate: Students have the ability to decode and are looking to increase fluency and basic vocabulary: 9:00-9:45 am

Register Here.

Weekly Torah Study

Have you ever wondered what is contained in the rest of the Tanach, our Hebrew Bible? Our weekly “Beyond Torah Study” session focuses on what comes after the Five Books of Moses comprised of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Join fellow Bet Shalom members to study the rest of the story together.

Currently reading the Book of Ezekiel, this community of learners studies Biblical themes, history, content, and context. No experience is necessary, and you are welcome to join the group at any time.

Weekly Torah Portion/Parashat Hashavua: Join Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings, Cantor Schwartz and fellow Bet Shalomians each week to discuss the weekly Torah portion. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is required. All texts are studied in English. You are welcome to bring your lunch.